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A recent discussion around the Consistory table revealed that the elders in Smithville are concerned about the ease with which our Young People (and some not so young) strike up a romantic relationship with a person outside the church. As a result of that discussion, the elders have encouraged me to republish a Bit to Read first published in early 2015 about dating. The brothers wish the members of the congregation to remind each other that dating someone outside the faith is sin before God. The brothers wish the congregation to understand too that dating someone from an unfaithful church is also contrary to God’s revealed will. In the slightly reworked article reprinted below, I’ll draw attention first to what the 1st commandment says about dating, then to what the 2nd commandment says about dating, and then I’ll wrap it all up with some specific detail. Continue reading Dating – who?

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Join us for some Family Day food & fun!

Monday, February 20th, 2017
320 Station Street – John Calvin School Gymnasium

Schedule of events:

  • Doors open at 11:00am for coffee and to allow time for everyone to drop off their entries.
  • The food sampling begins at 12:00pm and closes at 2:00pm for vote counting.
  • Doors close at 3:00pm.

If we’ve had some snow, the children are welcome to bring along a sled and enjoy the snow hill. We’ll have a fire pit, seating, and warm drinks for adults to keep warm outside.

Inside, you can sample and enjoy as many of the soup and chilli entries that you can manage and vote for your favourite in each category. Small prizes and bragging right will be awarded to those with the most votes!

We’d love to see many delicious entries! To enter your soup or chilli, simply email familydaycookoff@gmail.com and let us know that you’re coming and what you hope to bring!

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Some time back in May, I think it was, those responsible for organizing the graduation event for the Guido Class of 2016 asked me provide the parents’ address to the students. I take the liberty to share the resulting address via this Bit to Read. The ceremony was held Saturday, October 1. Continue reading Nothing but your best

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The latest consistory meeting reminded me that the elders are chaffing at the bit in their eagerness to get into their annual home visits. Delightful; enthusiasm in the Lord’s service is contagious! So in the coming weeks each address in the congregation may expect an approach from their elders for a visit. Each of us, of course, are eager to receive them. Continue reading A New Home Visiting Season

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I feel somewhat uncomfortable preparing this Bit to Read. Writing as a man to men about the role of the man in marriage comes somewhat naturally to me. But writing as a woman to women does not come naturally to me; in his wisdom, the Lord has not included me among those belonging to the fairer gender. The tempting course for me is to defer this Bit to Read to a woman…. Continue reading The Role of the Wife in Marriage

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We might do well to start with a working definition: a husband is the person meant to be a man for a particular woman. For countless years in western society, one was either a boy or a man; you graduated from the one to the other approximately when your voice dropped and you began to shave. As a man you were expected to take on man-size tasks, complete with man-size responsibilities. That included getting yourself a job, marrying a girl, loving her and caring for her, and taking final responsibility for the children you received through her. Continue reading The Role of the Husband in Marriage

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That picture of little Alan Kurdi’s dead body on the beach has focused the world’s attention on the plight of thousands upon thousands of refugees fleeing from the horrors of the Middle East. Media updates, editorials, opinion columns, politicians: all are agreed that something has to be done. As we see the images and hear the details of their suffering, we agree. But we puzzle what we in our little corner of the peninsula could actually do. We’re so little….

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I’ve done it for more than 30 years, and so it happens almost without consciously thinking through the steps. Try to put it into words then – it’s like describing to a novice driver what you’ve done for years with the steering wheel, the brake pedal, the accelerator, the indicator (and perhaps the clutch and gear lever) as you take your vehicle through an intersection…. Continue reading How do I Make a Sermon?

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